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The World According to Little Kids

The World According to Little Kids

Walls look so much better when they are decorated with artwork. Markers and crayons work best.

The living room is so much better for running around and making noise than your own room. A couch makes a great trampoline.

Things that belong to parents are made to taken apart and explored.

Just feel the music and dance. Don’t worry about how you look.

I won’t play with that kid just because you’re  friends with his parents.

Stop asking “Why did you do that?” I don’t have an answer.

Some of us like to play quietly and some of us like to run wild, don’t judge.

Weekends are made for waking up at 6am.

It’s fun to flush stuff.

Parents are confusing. They tell you not to speak to strangers, then when you meet a stranger, they tell you to say hello.

Saying, “You look like Squidward from SpongeBob Squarepants is really a compliment.

No matter how many times I watch the same TV show, listen to the same song, read the same book or watch the same movie, I can never really get tired of it.

You can never have too many Thomas the Tank Engine trains, Hotwheels cars or Lego pieces.

I don’t like to hug or kiss certain family members. Ask me to do it again and I’ll embarrass you.

You are responsible for  the whereabouts of all my toys.

Even though I  have my own bed, I just have to sleep in my parents’ bed.

If parents laugh when I say bad words, I’ll just keep saying them.

I am never tired. Never.

I may hear you say, “Who wants ice cream?”, but I can’t hear when you say, “It’s bedtime.”

I may not know time, but I know when all my favorite tv shows are on and that it’s too soon to leave when I’m having fun.

Clothing should  always be optional.

Never tell me anything you don’t want me to repeat in public.

Farts are funny.

The dirtier, the noisier, the faster, stickier the better.

I am deceptively simple.

Why do I need to know how to tie my laces, when there are velcro straps on my shoes?

Scarves, gloves, hats, and sometimes jackets will get lost at school.

Five minutes is a long time to wait.

Sand and mud are fun.

When I’m on the move, don’t get in my way.

Don’t try to figure me out.

Why should bread have crust?

There’s alot of things to do in the bathroom.

Keys, credit cards, and cell phones like to play hide and seek.

A french fry is a vegetable.

One day I will climb that wall.

I am invincible.

 

How to Get Out of a Bad Playdate

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Photo Courtesy of Bonard (Flickr)

Playdates are like blind dates in that you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes, the stars align and you are blessed with the perfect union where moms love each other, kids love each other and mom loves the kids. Unfortunately, the chance of that happening is quite rare and by the time you realize that you are stuck with a psycho mom, it's too late.

I've been known to attract quite a few unstable moms which says more about me, than them. The problem is that when you're in a public setting, this mom exudes sanity, calmness and control. She unleashes her crazy on you when you are in a private setting. Now, if you're visiting her home, it's easier to escape. If she's at your house, you've got to devise some Mission Impossible plan to get rid of her.

Luckily for you, I've figured out a way for you to determine if this mom is unstable beforehand in just three steps to save you the grief of trying to escape from her later on.

Step 1: Upon meeting her, time how long it takes for an awkward moment between you or count how many times she tells you that her child is gifted or exceptionally bright.

Step 2: Start a discussion about any of the following and wait for her response: breastfeeding, raw food diets, vaccinations, working moms, gluten free foods, gay marriage, PETA, Obamacare or immigration.

Step 3: Take an opposing view of the mom and watch the insanity unfold.

I just saved you a half day of grief. You can thank me later. Call me selfish, but if my son is on a playdate, I better be having a good time too.

I just wished there was a playdate matching site online similiar to dating sites.

 Have you ever had a horrible playdate?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Avoid a Facebook War with Your Son

My son is relentless when it comes to trying to convince us to allow him to do certain things.  For a year, he begged us to allow him to get on Facebook. Luckily, you have to be 13 years old to get a Facebook account (even though I think that's too young).

As he approached his 13th birthday, my son started hinting that he is now legally able to get a Facebook account. We tried to ignore him, but he kept reminding us about Facebook and his age. When we asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said " A Facebook account." By this time, I felt like the guy in Green Eggs and Ham who Sam kept annoying to try the greens eggs and ham.

Like that guy, I was so tired that my husband and I agreed that my son would be able to get a Facebook account with the following conditions:

1)-He would have to have us as friends. Something most kids are trying to avoid.

2)-We need to know his password. This is pretty easy because most kids use the same password for everything.

3)-If he writes anything inappropriate, he is banned from Facebook for a period of time.

4)-He could only friend people he really knew.  There's no need to friend will.i.am because you're not friends.

5)-He could not use his full name.

5)-He could only "friend" adults that are his relative or close family friend.

We also informed him of how sometimes people can say inappropriate things, so he has to be mentally and emotionally prepared to handle these things. When we all agreed on the terms, my son embarked on his Facebook adventure. At first, he was consumed with letting his friends know that his uncool parents finally allowed him to be on Facebook. We monitor his posts and even comment sometimes, which of course he loves (eye roll). The best part is that we now get a glimpse of how my son interacts with his friends when he thinks we're not watching.

Overall, he has good and bad Facebook days. I know Facebook is a touchy issue for parents. It's a personal decision based on your son's age, personality and maturity level. There are teens who behave more appropriately on Facebook than 40 year old adults.

Things to keep in mind: Make sure you set up all the right security settings to protect him online.

Kids and Family Relations by Kathy Jenkins

Recently, many families have struggled because of tough economic times and increasingly stressful situations. Some have had to move, change their lifestyles, find a new job, or learn new ways to manage money. While these major life changes seem like adult issues, there’s no doubt that they also affect kids in very real ways.

Parents need to recognize that kids are very intuitive! They generally know more and sense more about what is going on than parents realize. Frequently, mom and dad leave the kids out of the conversations, and sometimes that is appropriate. However, their fears, questions, and anxiety about the future are real. Furthermore, kids are not always good at verbalizing their feelings. Instead, they express themselves and seek attention by acting out. They may misbehave, struggle with schoolwork, ignore instructions from parents and teachers, and generally seem frustrated and discouraged.

If you have noticed that things are a little “off” with your kids, and you can’t quite put your finger on it, maybe it’s time to get them talking. Sitting down and having a conversation with them can help you uncover hidden emotions or worries. The problem is many parents aren’t sure how to begin that conversation! This can be especially challenging with older kids, as they begin to answer questions with fewer words and more grunts!

 Maybe this will help…this “ Kidsquestionnairre” worksheet developed by Kathy Peel of Family Manager, Inc. This is a good tool to gauge just what your kid is thinking and be a jumping off point for a productive conversation. By reviewing your kid’s answers, you will begin to see topics that most concern you child. With this information, you’ll be able to ask more direct questions, get to the heart of the matter, and then discover ways, together, that you can improve relations, communication, and behavior.

About the Author

As a Certified Family Manager® Coach and Love & Logic® Parenting Facilitator, Kathy Jenkins can help you run a more organized, efficient, and happy household and raise happy, healthy, responsible, and well-mannered children! Visit www.cometoorderva.com for details on the Family Manager® Assessment & Plan or Love & Logic® Parenting classes or one-on-one coaching.